Ireland inks co-production pact

Signs with North Rhine Westphalia

COLOGNE, Germany -- Ireland and North Rhine Westphalia signed a new co-production protocol that aims to boost co-productions and co-financing between Germany's largest state and the emerald isle.

The agreement, signed Monday in Cologne by Irish Film board head Simon Perry and Michael Schmid-Ospach, is similar in intent to Ireland's co-production deal with Spain and, according to Perry, will likely be one of multiple co-production agreements between Ireland and other European production territories.

Perry described the NRW protocol as more of a "statement of intent," as no specific targets are included in the document.